China refutes U.S. pressure on some countries over using Chinese tech

What happened: China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said the US urging its allies to ban equipment from Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei in the country is “unjust, immoral and nothing like how a major country is supposed to act.” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday warned European countries that using technology from Huawei could hurt their relationship with the United States. Hua added at a press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday that China believed its relations with Hungary “will not be sabotaged or disturbed by others.”

Why its important: Huawei has seen increased overseas scrutiny as several countries including UK, Australia, and New Zealand have leveled restrictions on its telecom devices under US pressure. Poland seemed to follow after a Huawei executive was arrested in the country on spying charges. Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has denied all allegations by saying the company has never been asked to spy for China. After Pompeo’s warning to Hungary while visiting, the country’s Prime Minister responded that their relationship with Russia or China does not impact their relationship with the US.

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: or Twitter: @yushan_shen

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